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Kerala Blasts Unraveled: Insights into the Shocking Jehovah’s Witnesses Attack

Exploring the Suspect, Explosives, and Reactions in the Aftermath

On Sunday, October 29, 2023, a series of explosions rocked a convention center in Kalamassery, Kochi, where a prayer meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses was taking place. The blasts killed one person and injured 23 others, according to the police. The incident has triggered a massive investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the local police, who are trying to find out the motive and the method behind the attack.

The Suspect

A few hours after the blasts, a man named Dominic Martin surrendered at the Kodakara police station in Thrissur, claiming responsibility for the attack. He said he was a former member of Jehovah’s Witnesses and that the group’s teachings and views disillusioned him. He also said he had posted a video on social media before surrendering, in which he admitted to carrying out the bomb blast.

The police arrested Dominic and are questioning him and his wife, who lives in Kochi. They also seized some videos and evidence from him, which showed how he planted the explosive devices at the convention center. The police said that Dominic claimed that he was a believer in Jehovah’s Witnesses and that they were examining his claim and the evidence he submitted.

The Explosives

The police said that the explosives used in the blasts were improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which were placed in tiffin boxes. They said there were at least three blasts, which occurred minutes after the prayer meeting began around 9 a.m. The blasts caused fire and smoke, creating panic among the 2,000 people at the convention center.

The NIA team, along with a forensic team, reached the blast site and collected samples and clues. They are trying to ascertain the nature and source of the explosives used in the attack. They are also examining the CCTV footage and other digital evidence to trace the movements and activities of Dominic.

The Reactions

The blasts have shocked and saddened many people who have condemned the act of violence. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the blast as “unfortunate” and said that an investigation is underway. He also expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to the Kerala Chief Minister over the phone and assured him of all possible help from the Centre. He also dispatched an elite bomb squad to Kochi to assist in the probe. He said that he was “deeply anguished” by the loss of life and injuries caused by the blasts.

Health Minister Veena George directed all health workers, including doctors on leave, to return immediately to duty. She also instructed the hospitals to provide the best treatment for those injured in the explosion. She said that additional facilities and staff would be provided if needed.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses organization also expressed their grief over the incident. They said they were cooperating with the authorities and praying for those affected by the tragedy. They said that they did not have any political or anti-national agenda and that they were peaceful citizens who respected the law of the land.

The Kerala blasts have raised many questions about the security and safety of public places and religious gatherings. They have also exposed the vulnerability of people to extremist acts of violence. The authorities are working hard to find out the truth behind the attack and bring justice to those responsible. The people of Kerala hope for peace and harmony to prevail in their state.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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